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December 21, 2012

LEDF changes name

President: New CLEDO moniker better reflects geography, character of organization.

LOGANSPORT — Board members of the Logansport-Cass Economic Development Foundation voted Thursday to change the organization’s name to Cass Logansport Economic Development Organization.

“We will begin the new year with a new name and a renewed philosophy of collaboration,” Jim Hayden, the organization’s new board chairman, said in a press release.

The board’s resolution, passed unanimously in an executive session Thursday morning, is the first of several steps to officially change the name, according to Connie Neininger, the organization’s president.

Next, staff will have to complete paperwork at the state and federal level to finish the changeover.

The former name “made it sound like it was just one community,” said Neininger. “By changing the name, it better reflects the overall geographic area that we serve. It lets everyone know that we’re all in this together.”

And by going with an “organization” designation rather than “foundation,” board members hope to avoid any confusion with the work of local charities, Neininger added.

“The word foundation is usually used for philanthropic organizations that raise funds and turn around and give grants back to the community,” she said. “By changing that to organization, it removes that misunderstanding that might occur.”

Calling the organization CLEDO also fits with statewide Local Economic Development Organization nomenclature.

“This new name signals the new beginning that we have undertaken,” said Mayor Ted Franklin. “We have a new president, a new chairman of the board and a renewed focus. CLEDO is a name that is more representative of those who will be responsible for developing our economic development road map.”

Cass County Commissioner Dave Arnold added that the name “brings a positive change for the county that will connect Logansport and all of our towns to a greater economic development region.”

Sarah Einselen is news editor for the Pharos-Tribune. She can be reached at sarah.einselen@pharostribune.com or 574-732-5151.

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